December 20, 2000:
Andrea Kilbourne '02 leads women's hockey
faces on the hardwood
Women hoopsters lack offensive punch
Matt Golden's From
the Cheap Seats column
Andrea Kilbourne 02 leads womens hockey
Every team needs a sniper,
a cold-blooded assassin who will take and make the big shot when
the game is on the line. Princeton womens ice hockey coach
Jeff Kampersal 92 is lucky enough to have such a player. Junior
Kilbourne, known affectionately as Killer by her coach
and teammates, is the Tiger with the steady trigger finger.
Of his lethal weapon,
Kampersal says, Andrea is our best, most aggressive player.
She has that combination of passion and skill that makes my life
as a coach so much easier. And she was a leader by both example
and word from the start.
According to Kilbourne,
the Tigers captain and leading scorer, her moniker originated
during high school and was cemented as a freshman at Old Nassau.
She burst onto the collegiate hockey scene and gunned down the competition
by recording 44 points, five Ivy League Rookie-of-the-Week awards,
All-Ivy honors, and second-team ECAC honors as a freshman.
However, Kampersal points
out that his star centers demeanor on the ice does not necessarily
reflect her nickname. Shes our superstar, says
the coach. But she is also the most humble, gracious player
on the ice, which is a nice combination. Her killer instinct comes
from her ability. She is a powerful skater, and while she might
not finesse the puck, nobody will knock her off it.
Kilbourne would prefer
to go quietly about her business on the ice than to draw attention
to herself. Id rather go out there and let my hockey
do the talking she says. I dont like confrontations
when I dont think theyre necessary. But Killer
is not afraid to step in when things get chippy at the rink. In
womens hockey, there is no body-checking, says Kilbourne.
That being true, if you hit somebody quietly, the refs rarely
Attention may be hard
for Kilbourne to avoid in the near future. Her coach believes that
she has a legitimate shot at making both the 2002 and 2006 U.S.
Olympic womens ice hockey teams. He says, For Killer,
all that needs to happen is for her to be in the right place at
the right time.
Kilbourne would love
to represent her country, but has more immediate concerns for now.
Playing in Salt Lake City in 2002 would be a dream, especially
since in this league I am playing with some girls who are going
to be in the mix in two years, says Kilbourne. But right
now, my personal goals are the teams goals.
Kilbourne defines her
team goal as the Ivy League title. But Dartmouth, ranked number-one
nationally, is the heavy favorite to claim the league crown. The
Tigers fell to the Big Green in the seasons home-opener at
Baker Rink, 32.
We outshot them
and beat them in five-on-five play, Kilbourne observes, still
optimistic about the Tigers chances. (Two of Dartmouths
goals came on power plays.)
lean more toward earning an ECAC playoff berth. In a talent-rich
league, he knows this will not be easy. Plain and simple,
this league is very tough; there are no cupcakes anymore,
The Tigers (251
ECAC) have gotten off to a slow start. After the defeat by Dartmouth,
Princeton suffered a disappointing 31 loss to Ivy rival Yale.
Facing a rematch with the Bulldogs the next day, the Tigers looked
to their leader. The girls were really down, said Kampersal.
But in the second game, I pulled [Kilbourne] aside at the
beginning of the third period and challenged her to score, to raise
her game up a level.
Killer accepted the
challenge and 44 seconds into the period sighted the net in her
crosshairs and blasted the game-winning goal.
However, Princeton was
not able to gain any momentum from the Yale game and dropped a pair
of 40 decisions to Harvard and Brown the following weekend.
Kilbourne understands that the Tigers must raise their level of
play if they want to be serious contenders in the ECAC. And though
she is playing well individually, Killer remains focused on the
All I am thinking
about right now is the team. I am not one to keep track of points
or goals. That just doesnt matter to me, Kilbourne says.
I could be last in the league in scoring, but if we were getting
more of those Ws, I wouldnt care at all.
By Patrick Sullivan 02
Patrick Sullivan is
a frequent contributor to PAW.
faces on the hardwood
Women hoopsters lack offensive punch
The Princeton womens
basketball team will don the traditional orange-and-black this season,
but fans may notice a hint of green among the Tigers ranks.
Senior cocaptain Jessica
Munson will be fitted for a cap and gown this coming spring, but
the three-year starting point guard will be surrounded by an inexperienced
bunch this season. She is joined on the Tigers roster by two
juniors, four sophomores, and six freshmen. And the man charged
with bringing this group together will be a new face as well. Interim
head coach Kevin Morris was hired in mid-August after former coach
Liz Feeley bolted Princeton to accept the head job at Division III
Smith College in Massachusetts. Princeton will conduct a national
search next spring before filling the position on a permanent basis.
learning curve for this team will have quite a few twists and turns,
according to Morris, who spent two years as an assistant at Harvard
and the past seven as the head coach at Fordham. He says, There
is no question that were very young, but we hope to learn
and improve quickly. The bottom line is that we have to play defense.
Weve got to control the tempo of the game, and to do that,
weve got to take care of the basketball. The girls have worked
very hard in practice, and the few returning players have provided
The Tigers face an imposing
early-season schedule, and after dropping their first three games
of the season, its evident that scoring points will be a chore.
Princeton lost its opening game to Lehigh, 6438, and then
got thumped, 6933, by host Oregon State at the Beaver Classic.
In the tournaments consolation match, the Tigers showed some
signs of life and hung tough with Kansas State before falling, 6351.
Regarding his offense,
Morris said, Weve got to get better at the fundamentals,
and that includes elements as simple as passing and dribbling. Teams
are going to pressure us early in the game because of our youth.
When we get pressed, weve got to handle the ball with greater
care. If we can control the tempo and slow things down, we can keep
the game low-scoring. To win games, we need to keep the score down.
We have some girls who can shoot. There is no question about that.
But we have to create good shots before we can expect to put a bunch
of points up on the board.
The graduation of Maggie
Langlas 00 and Kate Thirolf 00 last spring, both four-year
starters at Princeton who each racked up more than 1,000 career
points, has sapped the Tigers of their main scoring threats. None
of the returning players averaged more than seven points per game
for last seasons team, which finished just 919 overall
and 68 in the Ivy League.
Morris will start a
senior, two juniors, and two sophomores. In addition to Munson,
five-foot, 10-inch Lauren Rigney 02 will be a perimeter player
who can also post up in the paint. Allison Cahill 03 is a
shooting guard who averaged seven points per game off the bench
last year. Shell play a more integral role this season. Junior
Hillary Reser will also provide leadership on the floor at the forward
Sophomores Maureen Lane
and Lee Culp will rotate at the center position, but Morris will
at times employ a big lineup that features both players simultaneously.
Lane, a six-footer, scored 14 points in the loss to Oregon State,
while Culp (who stands five feet, 11 inches tall) netted a season-high
17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against Kansas State.
The Tigers face a difficult
schedule. They dropped a 6647 decision to the Delaware Blue
Hens, favorites to win the American East Conference, on November
29. Princeton also plays three tough North Carolina schools (Elon,
High Point, and North Carolina-Wilmington) in December. Ivy League
play doesnt begin until January 12, when the Tigers visit
Cornell. Princetons home Ivy opener is on February 9 against
Dartmouth. The Big Green, along with Penn and Harvard, are the preseason
favorites in the Ivy race.
of the season will be very challenging, says Morris. Its
sort of a delicate balance in that you want to play good competition
to get better, but you want to build some confidence as well. The
girls have been practicing very hard, so I think that in itself
will build some confidence.
Im not too
hung up on numbers right now, I just want to play hard and compete
every night. If we can play hard and compete in all 28 games, Ill
By Mark Gola
Mark Gola is the author
of the Louisville Slugger Complete Book of Pitching.